Crystal Palace could soon be on the lookout for a new manager, with the time remaining on Roy Hodgson’s contract ticking down at Selhurst Park.
It remains to be seen, should they have to replace the former England boss, who will step into the hotseat.
In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, former Premier League forward Marlon Harewood has suggested that ex-Chelsea boss Frank Lampard would be a “good fit” for the Eagles and it is tough to argue with him.
In taking the reins at Selhurst Park, Lampard would certainly bring a fresh outlook to the club after his experiences at Derby County and Chelsea.
In 141 matches across his spells with his former clubs, Lampard won 70, giving him a win percentage of just under 50%.
This is considerably higher than Hodgson’s 52 victories in 153 matches in his time at Selhurst Park, producing a win percentage of just over 33%.
Whilst it might be too premature to presume that Lampard would immediately get the Eagles claiming more wins given that he was at two teams battling at the top end of their respective tables, it is an impressive statistic nonetheless.
Unlike his time at Chelsea, the Englishman would not be learning on the job in relation to Premier League football and thay experience of top-flight management would be key for Palace.
Another positive of Lampard’s potential appointment is his faith in youth. In his time with both the Rams and Chelsea, the former midfielder gave opportunities to the likes of Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori, Tammy Abraham and Harry Wilson and they all repaid his faith.
He then would certainly be more inclined to give starlets Eberechi Eze, Nathan Ferguson and Tyrick Mitchell opportunities at Selhurst Park. That faith in youngsters would hugely benefit considering that Palace currently possess, on average, the oldest squad in the Premier League, which is a situation that needs rectifying.
Free of any current ties and available to immediately step in without any form of compensatory fee, Palace and Steve Parish should really follow Harewood’s advice and install Lampard at Selhurst Park as soon as Hodgson’s tenure comes to an end.